March 17th, 2008
05:09 PM ET

Republicans voting for Hillary Clinton?

 Click the play button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say.

Click the play button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say.

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

There's no doubt the 2008 campaign has been full of twists and surprises, and here's one more: Republicans are coming out in huge numbers to vote for Hillary Clinton.

That's right. About 100,000 Republicans came out to support Clinton in Ohio. 119,000 voted for her in Texas, and 38,000 in Mississippi.

The Boston Globe reports on why this is happening: Some Republicans are supporting Clinton hoping it will prolong her bitter fight for the nomination with Barack Obama. Others think Clinton would be an easier opponent for John McCain to beat in November. And still others are voting for Clinton because they want to keep her in the race to expose more information about Obama ahead of the general election.

Consider this: up until recently, Obama was getting a lot more support than Clinton was from Republicans in the primary contests. At the time, many traditional GOP voters said they liked Obama and were willing to cross party lines. But, once McCain sealed the deal with his party's nomination, things started to change. In Texas and Ohio, more than double the number Republicans turned out to vote in those Democratic contests than in earlier ones – and Clinton ran about even with Obama in both states.

Some loud voices within the party – like conservative radio hosts Rush Limbaugh and Laura Ingraham – have been actively calling on Republican voters to do just this. For example, Limbaugh said Republicans should vote for Clinton "if they could stomach it" since it is so important to "sustain the soap opera" between Clinton and Obama.

Here’s my question to you: Is it a smart strategy for Republicans to vote for Hillary Clinton in the primaries?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?

JD from New Hampshire writes:
If you're a Republican, it's a great strategy. Given what took place in the White House during the Clinton years, running against Hillary is a dream come true for them. They'll run a couple of ads to jog the memories of American Idol-infatuated Americans, mention the words "cigar" and "blue dress" a few times and next thing you know they're swearing in John McCain for a third Bush term.

Cindy writes:
I had a Republican neighbor admit to voting for Sen. Clinton. Her 21-year-old son was with her. I think it sets a bad example and to me, it mocks the importance of voting.

Allan from Cameron Park, Calif. writes:
Has Obama been investigated to the degree that Hillary has? The right wing has caused the most intensive and expensive investigation of the Clintons and came up with nothing. They will eat Obama alive. Hillary is the only one who can beat McCain, and his continuing the status quo. If you like war and depression, vote for McCain

Ken from Seattle writes:
The Limbaugh Republicans know exactly what they are doing. Given how much these folks hate the Clintons, don't you think it's odd that they are voting for Hillary and not lambasting her and Bill as usual? They are chomping at the bit to have her as the nominee so they can come out swinging. Can you imagine the stuff they've been sitting on but can't wait to start talking about? Marc Rich's pardon and his ex-wife’s timely contribution to the Clinton Library come to mind.

Kathleen writes:
Most of my family are Republicans living in Texas and each and every one of them voted for Clinton because they think she can be beat. That was 15 votes for Hillary because Rush Limbaugh said to.

Filed under: GOP • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (229 Responses)
  1. B. Smart

    . . .No, because she is such a divider, that she just might convince the
    republicans to turn inward on themselves.

    Obama 08.

    March 17, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  2. Josh

    I personally don't care what the Republicans do. Because they are on their last legs. The Democrats are divided because we love both of our candidates and can't make up our mind. So I guess it's anybody but McCain.

    March 17, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  3. Paulette Dallas,PA

    Yes. The Republicans would prefer Hillary Clinton to Obama any day and this is a chance for them to demonstrate their annoyance at having McCain as their candidate.

    March 17, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  4. Kemic - Houston, Texas

    Makes sense to me. Help nominate the candidate who has more dirty laundry than the Playboy Mansion. Help nominate the candidate you know know can deliver the Democratic Party an embarrassing loss in November. It's simple really.

    March 17, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  5. Richard, Washington State

    Is it a smart strategy for Republicans to vote for Hillary Clinton in the primaries?

    Smart for the republicans or smart for Hillary's campaign to work with the republicans?

    She probably picked up the idea while visiting Karl Rove at Fox news during one of her interviews on Fox.

    It's our fault for not creating a better election system. Didn't we learn from Florida in 2000? How much has changed...for the better?

    March 17, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  6. Rosalynd

    For the Republican's why not, they want to win in Nov and believe Clinton is the weaker candidate with more baggage! For the Democrats bad news since obviously these Republican voters will vote for McCain iin Nov.

    The tactic worked in Texas if the Boston Globe report is accurate. The report indicates that Clinton got 109,000 Republican votes which gave her 101,000 votes greter than Obama in Texas.

    Orlando, Florida

    March 17, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  7. Howard Joshua Tree, CA

    Yes, all three candidates or candidates of change keep the Democrats fighting only helps Senator McCann and makes the Republican party look better.

    March 17, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  8. Mark - Asheville, NC

    Jack, are you serious? Hillary is the easiest Dem to beat? After the Pastor Wright Show, Obama is done for: all the smearmeisters need do is show the Reverend's "GD America" ravings and then the photo of him with Obama, using the middle name, of course. After that, plus everything else that will surface between now and November, Obama would lose upwards from 45 states. Hillary has a fair chance to beat McCain; Obama has zero.

    But waiting for November with Obama would be like waiting for a hundred more shoes to drop – how many more Pastor Wright type eruptions, or worse, are coming? Why do this to ourselves again? Have we learned nothing from 1984, 1988, 2000 and 2004?

    March 17, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  9. Bill from Tennessee

    According to some of the exit polls, Obama is pulling in a good many Republicans votes, a lot more than Hillary. Are you suggesting that Hillary can't get any Republicans votes in the General election, but Obama could? And I am not all convinced that the Republicans wouldn't rather run against Obama than Hillary, no matter what all the talking heads on TV say. How many millions of voters did Obama lose this weekend over the Rev. Wright controversy? Right now it is my belief the Republicans would much rather run against Obama than Clinton, she is tough lady who won't take the Republican sleaze. Not sure if Obama can stand up to them.

    March 17, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  10. Nuwan Samaranayake

    If their intention by voting for Hillary is to get McCain win in December they are unknowingly digging their grave by voting for Hillary. But if they do this to divide the democratic party it seems to be working so far. Republicans are know to use divisive tactics. So it may work.

    Nuwan from Houston, Texas

    March 17, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  11. 1dumblonde

    Not if they want to win the general election for the presidency and their senate and house seats. She could beat McCain and bring in Congress for the Democrats.

    Torrington, CT

    March 17, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  12. Rosalynd

    For the Republican’s why not, they want to win in Nov and believe Clinton is the weaker candidate with more baggage! For the Democrats bad news since obviously these Republican voters will vote for McCain iin Nov.

    The tactic worked in Texas if the Boston Globe report is accurate. The report indicates that Clinton got 109,000 Republican votes which gave her 101,000 votes greter than Obama in Texas.

    Orlando, Florida

    March 17, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  13. JD in NH

    If you're a Republican it's a great strategy. Given what took place in the White House during the Clinton years, running against Hillary is a dream come true for them. They'll run a couple of ads to jog the memories of American Idol-infatuated Americans, mention the words "cigar" and "blue dress" a few times and next thing you know they're swearing in John McCain for a third Bush term.

    March 17, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  14. sali from Memphis Tennessee

    Yeah. Because they think she is easily beatable. And they are eagerly waiting for her to be the nominee so that they will fight her. She's got problem with independents as well Jack because she is one of the most secretive politician who would not release her tax return and her archive as first lady of our country. Release your information if you are clean HILLARY CLINTON.

    March 17, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  15. George Wilson

    Who am I to tell someone how to vote? I think we still have the right to vote the way we want, but don't know how much longer that will be true. With all of the back room deals with the Republicans, and the Enery companies, sometimes I think they don't want the public to vote on anything. Just let them work all the deals in the middle of the night, without ever being concerned what the public would want is the way they want it, and have proved it to be so.

    March 17, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  16. Tom, Avon, Maine, The Heart of Democracy

    Time and again polls show that she is the only chance Republicans have of retaining the White House. In the general election she won't win Republican votes, Independents will vote McCain, and even some Democrats will vote McCain. Once again Democrats snatch defeat from the jaws of Victory. In life you have to know how to lose, she's old enough to know that by now.

    March 17, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  17. Bradley W. Green

    Jack, yes it is smart for Republicans to vote for Hillary Clinton. I do not believe she can defeat McCain for the presidency. I have been saying all along that the US is ready for something different. Looking back over the last 20 years, only members of the Bush family or the Clinton family have been president. That seems rather oligarchic to me. And I think that if Hillary Clinton were to win the Democratic nomination, America will remember this fact. Do not get me wrong, Hillary is a remarkable woman but if America is to work itself out of the funk it is in, the change has to start at the top. Hillary Clinton does not represent this change.

    March 17, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  18. Peggy, St. Louis

    In Missouri, every Republican I know voted in the Democratic primary for Obama because they think they can beat him in the election and they are afraid of Hillary Clinton!! None of those crossovers would ever vote for Obama in the general election!!

    March 17, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  19. Bonnie in Virginia

    That strategy may come back to bite the Republicans in the buttocks. What happens if in November because of those tactics, it comes down to Hillary and McCain , and the Republicans lay back with their lack of enthusiasm....then we are stuck with HILL & BILL for 4 more years. MINE and the other LEGITIMATE votes for CHANGE with OBAMA will have been wrongly silenced.

    March 17, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  20. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Ya, You Betcha. I told Lena two months ago that them Republicans aren't as stupid as Hillary said in one of the debates because they are going to start voting for her so they know they can win and it was obvious in Texas, Ohio, and especially Mississipi. She said, "Ole, you might be right for once".

    March 17, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  21. Leemarie50

    I crossed over and voted for Hillary in the Texas primary. The reason is how libral is libral. I personally did not want to see. Obama has no track record. No he did not vote for the Iraq war, he fails to say, he was not there to vote. It is easy to critize what you did not face.

    March 17, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  22. Ram

    Why not? It is a Democracy isn't it? People have to make their choice for the best of the three Hillary, Obama or McCain.

    March 17, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  23. April in texas

    Lets just say Hillary is a match and the repulicans voting for her now are the gasoline.. Repulicans have always been pretty sneaky and I would get a migraine trying to think as they do.

    Obama '08
    Austin Texas

    March 17, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  24. Kevin- Webster, MA

    Sure because she is easier to beat in November.

    March 17, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  25. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    Smart Republican? Jack, the list of oxymorons grows daily, doesn't it?

    March 17, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  26. Judy

    Nobody should vote for Hillary. Her only goal is to be the first woman president and power. She never started bickering until Obama started leading in the polls Obama speaks from the bottom of his heart and soul. I don't think she has one. The best experience Hillary has is how to play the games. She has too many wacky hormones and the only reason she came out with the tears is because deep down inside she knew she could probably loose the presidency because Obama was starting to lead. Hillary has been digging and bickering ever since Obama started leading. Obama would also be better at speaking in other countries because he is calm and can keep his cool. Hillary, on the other hand, lashes out one minute and has tears the next time. We need Obama to get us out of the mess we are in and we all know it will take time.


    March 17, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  27. Jonas, Washington DC

    Wait, so when Obama brings out the Republican votes, its bringing people across party lines together? And when Hillary brings out the Republican vote, it's not? Just because Limbaugh and Co. called them to do so doesn't mean all of them listened. Give me a break!

    March 17, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  28. Corey, Maryland

    When republicans are voting for Barack Obama, it is because they like him, because they believe that he is what is best for our country. When Republicans vote for Hillary it is because they know McCain will lose to Obama, and they are just trying to have another Republican in office, it isn't because they like Hillary or her policies.

    March 17, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  29. Wings, Aloha, OR

    Why would any GOP member vote for Hillary when she won't even be on the Genera election ballot. Are they going to write-in her name?
    Get used to it....HIllary will not be on the ticket. The Unity of America depends on it. The majority of voters understand that.

    March 17, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
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    March 17, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  31. Dan, TX

    be careful what you wish for....

    Rush will be invited to Hillary's inauguration for sure....

    March 17, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  32. W B in Las Vegas


    sure, why not? Hillary are probably is more like George W than McCain is, secretive, manipulative, power hungry, so why wouldn't Bush Republicans like her?

    she's George W in a pantsuit.

    March 17, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  33. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: You don't have to be a politician to see that the Republicans are designing their strategy for Hillary to fail in the general election.. However, I think that this strategy is going to "back fire" on them should Hillary win the nomination....I don't think she will... and I don't think that McCain can win either against Hillary or Obama. The White House will definitively be occupied by a Democrat in 2009.

    March 17, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  34. mattD

    Seems like some had a lot of time on their hands. Hillary will win the primary even without the help from the Republicans. But thanks anyway. HILLARY 08

    March 17, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  35. Joe in DE

    Republican voting for Hillary better be careful what they wish for.

    March 17, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  36. Bob from Richmond VA

    I think it's a smart short-term tactic that will backfire in the long run. It will help prolong the Dem's nomination battler but it will it not get Hillary nominated. I think it will result in more states moving from open to closed primaries in future elections. This may be the Republicans' last shot at rigging the presidential election.

    March 17, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  37. carlo, baker louisiana

    If they are allowed to do it, why not? It obvious that most Americans have no clue about the concept of true democracy. Otherwise they wouldn't try to sabatoge primaries. What a shoddy way to ensure a victory for McCain.

    Of course, Bill showing up all over conservative talk radio is a surefire sign that the Clintons will indeed do anything to win. So much for the right wing conspiracy against those two baffoons.

    March 17, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  38. Eddie In Florida

    I think one of the reasons for dragging this out is to expose more of Obama. He is a relatvely unknown in the washington circles and i think the pressure put on by both republicans and the democrats will reveal more of his platform. the press has gone easy on Obama, time to open up the play book for a look inside. this isnt amercan idol or americas next top model, lets start voting like we are electing a president and not the next rock star personality.

    March 17, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  39. Randy Porter Mo.

    No. They have a better chance of beating Obama at this point. Finally people are starting to take off their bliners, and look closer at this guy. That is everyone but you, Jack. Obama is falling apart, and if he does last until November, he will be all used up.

    March 17, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  40. Robert in Toronto, ON

    I'm not all surprised to hear that some Republicans are indeed voting for Hillary Clinton. If you have a chance to control the outcome of the candidates for the Presidential election and who you'd like to go against, Sen.Clinton is the more "beatable" candidate of the 3. I have very little doubt that Sen.McCain would be able to defeat her in a Presidential election.

    As for those Republicans who are voting for Sen.Obama Jack, it's because they are voting for CHANGE. Change they want for themselves that they believe a person from not even within their own political party can provide.

    March 17, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  41. Brian From Fort Mill, S.C.

    It's too late. If the Republicans vote for Hillary, she's still not going to overtake Obama in delegates. I don't think even the superdelegates, Florida and Michigan are going to help much.

    It does, however, confirm that the Republicans actually do think that Hillary is easier to beat than Obama. That's a hint and a half for the Democratic party.

    March 17, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  42. Jed from Chico, CA

    It is absolutely a smart strategy for the Republican machine to endorse Clinton where possible. One of two things will happen: either that angry partisan fighter Clinton will become the nominee and turn off the moderates who will in turn endorse McCain or the meek and humble Barack Obama will be so bruised and bloodied from the fight that he won't present much of a challenge.

    I never would have thought that the Republicans would have run a cleaner election than the Democrats this year. McCain who tries to distance himself from as much mudslinging as possible won't need to in order to win the election. Hillary will have done it all for him.

    March 17, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  43. Aaron B.; Champaign, IL

    I suppose it makes sense, in a strange sort of way. But I'm more interested in hearing what Clinton has to say about this newfound, superficial support... is she that naive to think she influences so many people outside of party lines?

    March 17, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  44. Kathleen

    Most of my family are Republicans living in Texas and each and every one of them voted for Clinton because they think she can be beat. That was 15 votes for Hillary because Rush Limbaugh said to.

    March 17, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  45. Gayle

    I'm a Republican and I plan to vote for Hillary Clinton because I believe she can do the best job for our country and for the economy.

    March 17, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  46. Nora. South Texas

    You know those all seeing all knowing Republicans, maybe they have taken a secret look at all of Hillarys income tax returns and all the other stuff she has not released and know she is the best one to take on in November. One has to wonder!!!

    March 17, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  47. Jackson

    A lot of Republicans I know see Hillary Clinton as strong on the things that matter; the economy, and American security ... and that is why they are voting for her. Obama, especially now, will never be trusted with America's security!!

    March 17, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  48. Robin

    Rush Limbaugh asks Republicans to vote for Mrs. Clinton to beat Mr. Obama. Ann Coulter says that she will campaign for her and attacks Mr. Obama. Bill Cunningham endorses Mrs. Clinton and again attacks Mr. Obama. The list goes on, even President Bush and Mr. McCain showed the same pattern. Obviously, they want Mr. Obama out of the race before the general election. In 2000 election, Democrats blamed Mr. Nader for their loss. Whom will they blame in November? I will blame Mrs. Clinton, if Democrats loose this time.

    Robin, Johnson City, TN

    March 17, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  49. Fla Woman

    Jack – Is it possible Republicans would vote for Hillary because they don't want 4 more "Bush" years in iraq and want a President that may be able to get our economy out of the hole the Republicans have dug? It appears to me that not all Republicans are rich after all.

    March 17, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  50. Karen, TN

    It's very smart unless it backfires and Hillary actually gets elected. Then this whole country is sunk. Maybe Obama won't be great, but we don't know that yet. We do know what kind of low-down dirty behavior we're going to get from the Clintons. I think Republicans are playing with fire, and you know what happens when you do that.

    March 17, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  51. smaug

    I think Obama painted himself into a corner. He claims not to have heard any of these outrageous statments in the past, or he wouldn't have put Wright on his campaign religion committee.


    1. Why then did he tell Wright he couldn't attend his campaign kickoff a year ago January?

    2. Can anyone honestly believe that you can have a "spiritual advisor" baptise your kids, listen to most Sundays preach, and be the title topic of your book, and not know he says things like "God Damn America", and "The US government created AIDS", and "America brought 9-11 on themselves" and all the race baiting stuff?

    This rhetoric is laced all through Wright's public life. I think Obama is caught in a momentous lie by claiming no knowledge of it. The question is if he can be caught.

    March 17, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  52. Adam

    Uh, a-yea? Hillary has shown she has no problem kicking dirt into Obama's eyes. Why should they get their hands dirty when Hillary has already made it clear that she will do all the work for them? She's already said McCain is more qualified than Obama, she's all the ammo they need.

    March 17, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  53. Chris MA

    ...Yes it's smart what else do they have to vote for at this time? When 49% of independents literally hate her how could she possibly win? She should do what nit witt Mitt (Romney) did. That is with draw for the sake of her constituency. At least Mitt did it before he hurt his parties' nominees' chance of winning. Hillary had to try to take Barak Obama down before she ultimately looses. No wonder people dislike her so much. What a Monster....

    March 17, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  54. Sharon, Indiana

    I think that as more information comes out about Senator Obama main stream voters are starting to get really scared, so I am happy for each and every vote Senator Clinton gets. I hope the nomination process continues so we can see who actually has more support. With Senator Obama's poll numbers tanking, I think we should at least give things a few weeks to play out so we can determine if he can get his numbers to start to climb back up.

    March 17, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  55. Tom from Boston, Mass.

    Unfortunately yes, Jack, it is a smart strategy for the Republicans to vote for Hillary. It is despicable, but when has that ever stopped them? If Obama wins, he will create a much larger turnout than Clinton and pose a much more formidable challenge for McCain. My question to you is this: are the Clinton's actively working to have Republicans vote for Hillary? I'd love to hear your answer!

    March 17, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  56. Allan,Cameron Park, Ca.

    Has Obama been investigated to the degree that Hillary has? The right wing have caused the most intensive and expensive investigation of the Clintons and came up with nothing.
    They will eat Obama alive.
    Hillary is the only one that can beat McCain, and his continuing the status quo.
    If you like war and depression vote for McCain

    March 17, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  57. Carolyn

    Sure it's smart...they can say..."See – there IS a vast right wing conspiracy after all!" I can't wait to see the Clinton spin cycle on this one...that she is really a "uniter" as evidenced by all these Republicans voting for her? She's delusional and just needs to get out before any more polls show both candidates losing to McCain. Where are the party elders here?Jack, the poll I want to see is what % of Obama voters won't vote for Hillary. I feel it's getting larger. What do you see?

    Carolyn, Northbrook, IL

    March 17, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  58. Bonnie/New Port Richey FL

    No it is not fair. They should not have a say in who the democratic nominee will be. They could be voting for Hillary because they think she can not beat John McCain and so therefore they want to make sure she is the candidate. Let them settle their own problems in the Republican party and leave the Democrates to pick their own candidate.

    March 17, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  59. Jerry, Springfield, IL

    It depends upon how you define "good strategy." If you are looking at what is honest and best for America, no, it is terrible strategy because it is dishonest and unethical, which makes us look silly to the rest of the world, and it gets us nowhere. If you are looking at just winning, it is great strategy, and Hillary is playing into it. As a result, she is going to end up handing the presidency over to the republicans on a silver platter.

    March 17, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  60. James D (Cary, NC)

    Hey, it could be sincere. Clinton's surrogate on Meet the Press deflected transparency questions about releasing tax records, donors, and earmarks, saying they would be released an some undisclosed time. When pressed, she said such information had to be witheld during the primary, or else it would benefit McCain. This sounds very Republican, right up there with Bush saying that if we set a timetable for withdrawl, discussed domestic surveillance, or other issues, then "the terrorists will win". Maybe that appeals to these republicans.

    March 17, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  61. Andrea, Omaha, NE

    It doesn't surprise me. Bill Clinton appeared on Rush's show to try to get votes for HRC, knowing full well what was going on. It just shows you that the Clintons will do and say anything to get the nomination.

    March 17, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  62. Rus

    It is a smart strategy for Republicans if they're loyal to the party. I am not sure why conservatives are doing it though or promoting it, it's not like there is a conservative candidate on either side of the aisle. A conservate host like Rush Limbaugh doing this for helping McCain in November, but hasn't most of the criticism of McCain come from conservative talk radio hosts like Rush?

    If you're a true conservative, I don't see why you would do this. You're going against your own conservative principles helping a candidate who is not conservative.

    March 17, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  63. Michiel W

    Jack, why is it when Republicans were voting for Senator Obama, it was because they like his message, but when you report they are voting for Senator Clinton, it is to mess up the Democratic nomination? No, you aren't biased at all! If anyone believes the former is true, they are as naive and biased are you seem. Sorry, just my opinion.

    March 17, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  64. Pat Taormina

    I think this was one of the reasons why superdelegates were created in the Democratic Party: to provide a buffer against outside influences that would seek to hobble the party. When Republicans were voting for Obama, they were supporting his views, which wasn't a detriment to the Dems... But now, they are doing something that seeks to hurt the Dems (choosing what they see as the "weaker candidate"), so will this mean that they will step up and choose to counteract the ploy by supporting Obama? Either way, they will have people extremely angry with their decisions. You couldn't pay me to be where they are right now.

    Pat, UC Davis, CA

    March 17, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  65. International Observer

    I hear him on CNN Europe. This dude is a typical junk, dud american whose analysis is just the opposite of reality.

    March 17, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  66. Leon

    Of course. Its a win win. If she doesn't win, she leaves Obama so bloody and can always point to the fact that even key members in the Democratic Party don't think Obama is as qualified as McCain. If she wins, they are banking on the fact that those new voters that came out excited about the process will be so disgusted that they will stay away from the booths.

    March 17, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  67. Matt from CT

    It seems the republicans are doing everything they can force a long battle between Clinton and Obama. Personally, I believe this is a good strategy concerning that their nominee isn't getting much support from the media. The Republican Party understands that it will be a struggle to win come November. Simply, Clinton and her campaign are mudslingers. The longer she stays in the more mud the campaign will sling, luckily for Obama it doesn't seem to stick. Sadly, Clinton isn’t helping out the Democratic Party and will continue to play her “anything to win” campaign. Will someone please tell her she’s lost?

    March 17, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  68. Ron from Las Vegas

    I can see why Republicans would vote for Hillary. She is the female version of Bush only smarter. With her as the candidate, McCain will have to do very little to turn out the Republican base she will do it for him. Her 48 or 49% negatives are from Republicans so if they can get her on the ballot, then they win. It also points out the fallacy of her big state victories. Without these republicans she would have lost Texas, been much closer in Ohio and a game ender in Miss. If anyone thinks the Republicns are voting for her because they support her, then you're even dumber than Bush a more qualified analyst than Brownie.

    March 17, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  69. G.L.

    Absolutely! It's a free country! If the dems want the White House, they should be slapping Hillary buttons on every Republican who'll wear one.

    Obama is no longer electable in the general election. It's over for him.
    Like it or not–Kennedy had Chappaquiddick–Now Obama has Rev. Wright, Louis Farrakhan, William Ayers, and Tony Rezko.

    March 17, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  70. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    If the Republicans only care about their party, and not the country, then it is an effective strategy. By creating mischief in the opposing party contests, they do not serve their country well. The primary process is supposed to provide the best possible candidate from each party to compete for the Presidency in November. The fact that the Republicans would do this tells me they have no confidence in their own choice of a candidate.

    March 17, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  71. Keith

    Is it a smart strategy for Republicans to vote for Hillary Clinton in the primaries?

    Smart, Jack? If they're doing it to prolong the dems' race, and will vote Republican in November, it's not smart... It's the sign of a coward.

    March 17, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  72. QG of Georgia

    In principle, the answer is "NO" if their purpose is nefarious in the manner purported by Limbaugh and Ingram; where by the perceived weaker candidate of an opposing party is bolstered for an expected defeat. This is wrong and is akin to stuffing the ballot box.

    If the Republicans voting truly belive in the Democratic candidate, and if that candidate becomes the Democratic nominee, the support would continue; then crossing party lines is acceptable.

    There is really no way to determine the motives of any voter in these open primaries. One would think that the political party leaders would be more outspoken in condemning the meddling.

    Individual conscience for fair play is the ultimate barometer. Unfortunately, the Republicans seem to be devoid of that essential value.

    March 17, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  73. AR

    From the Boston Globe: "Clinton received roughly 119,000 GOP votes in Texas, according to exit polls, and she beat Obama by about 101,000 votes." So Obama won more delegates in Texas, won the caucus, and without the meddling republicans, would have won the popular vote. So who won Texas? Didn't Bill say Hillary HAD to to win Texas to continue...?

    March 17, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  74. Sarrah

    This is the most important articles this primary...

    This is a call on all superdelegates to act now and put an end to this mess, before Hillary destroy our party and make us loose big in November.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  75. JT

    More proof that Republicans would win if Hillary was nominated.

    They're scared to death to go against Obama. They know he'll beat them horribly.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  76. Alexandra

    If the democratic superdelegates are listening to this.
    They should put an end to this Clinton/Republican smear machine and vote for Obama today.
    The longer this race goes, the harder it will be for any democrat to win the white house.
    Republicans and Clinton supporters are excited about the Obama/Wright issue, however Hillary has more skeletons in her closet. Obama is too decent to reveal them.
    That is another reason for the superdelegates to put and end to this race by voting Obama, otherwise Hillary and skeletons will be exposed.
    Obama '08

    March 17, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  77. Kay=Arizona

    Interesting twist.....
    The Republicans voting for Obama are doing it because he is a good candidate.
    The Republicans voting for Clinton are dong it because she will be easier to beat in the General Election.
    There are times Jack when your twisted logic just amazes me.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  78. Celia Ann

    Carl Rove is all rested up!!! Rush delivered the message!!! The attack on Senator Obama is the third phase. They do not want to have to fight hard. Who wants to fight so hard that at the end of the fight someone has to tell them that they have won. They would rather fight Hillary. I won't put the reason why I believe that they would rather fight Hillary because CNN won't post it. I do believe that it will work its way to everyone.

    I would be really sad if the Party "Canabalized" Senator Obama and alll of the new voters who have joined the party. None of this is no fault of theirs. The Party Leadership should very strongly suggest that Senator Clinton withdraw from the race.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  79. Teresa, Pasadena, Md.


    Why are you not asking how Barack Obama could attend a church for twenty years that delivers Anti-American and racially divisive sermons. Are we really to believe that he had never heard those type of sermons or had no idea the views of the church and Pastor Wright?
    Wake up America!!!!!!!!!

    Former Obama Supporter.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  80. Political Jonze

    Sure it's smart – it's keeping Hillary is the race isn't it? One would just hope the Democratic Superdelegates would take notice and end this circus already.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  81. Sharon

    I saw exit polling where Repubs, voting for Hillary, also said they didn't agree w/ her policies and would vote for McCain in the Fall...

    March 17, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  82. mndharmas

    unfortunately Hillary 's reaching across the isle is not to unite but to divide. Hillary 's motives are always about her rise/ never about the nation.
    She should have withdrawn from the race by now, unless she is training Obama to fight the republicans

    March 17, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  83. ocrist

    I'm a Republican and will vote for her because there are just too many things he keeps trying to squirm out of. It didn't matter that he wasn't in church one of the MANY times Wright ranted and raved against America and whites – that isn't the point. The point is he had to know Wright's beliefs! Twenty years of attending that church, having Wright as a mentor, and a wife who makes anti-American remarks as well as the pastor, is way too much on his plate (and I surely hope he doesn't expect us to believe he had no idea how his mentor felt about America) to be an American President.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  84. Geoffrey

    I think it is a disgusting act that hurts the entire American democratic system to vote in this manner. Voting for someone who you don't like in hopes of "easier" competition for their own preferential candidate is to be looked upon with disdain. It is time to change American politics, time for America to take the high road when it comes to disputes, and time for the American peope to stand side by side and work as one to keep our great country at the forefront of innovation socially, politically, and technologically.

    Obama '08

    March 17, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  85. Connie

    It is not fair. We have turned our elections into a mockery of democracy. Only independents should be allowed to vote for either party in a primary.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  86. david

    Closet Hillary lovers.

    Can someone please explain to me why in the hell they would want 4 more years of what we just had? Those with Iraq contracts, work for Halliburton, or are otherwise making money off of this war are not allowed to answer.

    HILLARY 08

    March 17, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  87. Maryland

    I don't know why people thought this Rev. Wright guy was going to destroy Obama. The American people as a whole are not feeling very partiotic right now. That is not going to fly anymore. This is the Republican spin to everything......Love your country and everything is going to be o.k. Well it is not o.k. The Republicans play very dirty and they are so angry. They will even try to manipulate their Constitutional right to vote to disrupt a very important political campaign. They hate everything different even if it means destroying people's lives in the process

    March 17, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  88. Ruby Coria, LA. CA.

    Jack, the Republicans use to want The Hill to win now they can't wait to preach or sing to America "God Bless America Land that I love..," not "Land that I Loathe" so they can't wait and no one can say that The Hill is doing this or that Hillarys camp is out to destory the democrate party, Obamas ' Preacher ' can say and do as he pleases but he destroy Obamas so call "Good Judment" I hope Obama wins so he can ride us better then Bill cause Obama is black and you know what that means. "Big".

    March 17, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  89. royrichard

    A realistic description of the present situation is that the Republicans might lose the presidential election. Since they are also Americans they are worried about the possibility that an unexperienced democratic candidate will become their president. They have to rely on the new president to be able to handle recession and ather difficult issues.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  90. Eugene in Northern California

    Jack, last week this question didn't matter to me, until Pastor Wright's anti- american, racial sermon. Now I believe Republicans should vote for Hillery, so her campaign staff can continue, to expose Obama, for the man he really is. If it wern't for Hillery, Obama would have fooled us all leaving Pastor Wright, to spew his vitriolic rhetoric directly, from the White House. Jack, I'll bet Pastor Wright would like to change the name, of the White House.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  91. Adrienne M New York

    You're darned right its a smart srategy for the Rep's.\

    Keep us tied up fighting ourselves until neither Dem is electable. Force us to see ourselves as separate groups clashing against each other instead of realizing we Dems are all in this together and all of our diverse groups need each other to win in November.

    Perhaps the Dems should be as solid as the Reps.

    United we stand, Divided we fall

    March 17, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  92. Ray Kinserlow

    I've heard this nonsense myself in Texas. It like watching a drowning man flounder for a life preserver that is not there. Hillary or Barack will pulverize hundred year's war McCain.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  93. O.M.

    Based on this information, Hillary should run as a VP for McCain. After all, she said McCain and she passed the threshold to be C-in-C. Since 1992, she gave me the impression that she is a republican deguised in democrat-clothes.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  94. Le'Vae Ford from Washington, DC

    After 35yrs of experience why is she losing to a ROOKIE. AMERICA IS REJECTING HER.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  95. Mikw

    Hillary, is just a republican in a bad democratic pant suit anyway. I think McCain is more democratic!

    March 17, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  96. silverspring

    That is not news. Republicans are cheaters.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  97. Kamuzangaza

    Jack, yes it's smart for the Republicans and dump for the Democrats. What I do not understand is why can't the superdelegates decide this race now by rallying behind one candidate rather than let the Republicans prolong this battle thereby weakening the eventual Democratic nominee. The superdelegates know very well that the delegate gap is not going to close between now and June, so why wait to nominate the candidate. The answer is simple, they are dump and they want to nominate a blodied nominee. I am a Democtrat, but have always known that Republicans are smatter than my party. That's why John McCain will win in November.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  98. Mike

    Hillary, is just a republican in a bad democratic pant suit anyway. I think McCain is more democratic!

    March 17, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  99. Michael, Tampa Fl

    Yes Jack, they know exactly what they are doing. Hillary has extremely high negatives and they know if she is the democratic candidate, it will bring out the republican voters in a big way. This is not rocket science.
    Everyone seems to know this except Hillary. Oh but I forgot she brings experience... doing what I am still not sure.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  100. Ben-NYC

    Republicans are voting for hillary, just like they voted for Bill Clinton. They know they will get the right people in the white house who can fix the mess that Bush #2 made. Bill Clinton fixed Bush #1, Hillary will fix Bush #2. Lets hope nobody else gets in office from the bush clan, so we will have enough of the messes. If that happens, the here we go Chelsea Clinton....

    March 17, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  101. Gillis Phoenix, AZ

    Yes. Hillary Clinton will be such an easy target in November. She is contrversial and uncompromising and for that McCain will beat her with a land slide victory. Obama on the other hand can only be attacked with racism, since there's really nothing bad in his record.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  102. cynthia L.A.

    Jack, Thank you for stating this. I remember when I saw the governor of Florida say how interested that his state's voters voice be counted. My ears quickly perked up. Why would he be so interested? What would be the advantage to him. Would it be like in Texas where Hillary was able to get Republican votes just to make her look like the electable candidate? I remember the fiasco in Florida last time. I think there is another reason he came out in support of the revote in Florida. I am convinced. I can't remember at this time which commentator made that very comment but that is unfortunate. To stop this process. I think the thing to do is to caucus in Florida if anything. I also think that Hillary needs to think clearly and rationally about not making this a to the death campaign.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  103. Rodrigue Morris

    Mr. Jack I want you to understand that, They vote against Barack Obama not for Hillary because they want her to win the Democratic nomination. It's a smart move from the republican side, they already know how to beat Hillary, Barack Obama will not going to be easy for them. They choose Hillary just to make it easy for them. May God bless America.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  104. Justin in California

    I am starting to think she is a republican plant. Her and her husband took a bunch of vacartions with the bushes last year. She obviously Has no concern for the the party or the voters in it. I think we should start to take a closer look at her. Her tax info and her history as first lady at the Clinton libary would be a great start. What dose she have to hide?

    March 17, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  105. Ruthie, Stone Mountain GA

    That's not going to work. McCain is not going to win with either Hillary or Obama. Everyone will drive to the polls on election day in Nov with that $5 a gallon gas in their tanks and vote for either Hillary or Obama.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  106. Carol, MA

    I don't think that it is smart for the Republicans to vote for someone that they don't want to be in the white house because doing so would give that person a 50 – 50 chance of getting in that white house. They probably watch "Survivor" or " Big Brother house" too much.

    But, they should also consider the fact that lots of Republicans don't like McCain to be the president because he is a maverick. So far all 3 remaining candidates are polling very well against each other but then the polling system have failed before.

    Bottom line if the republicans want to play god then at least vote for the next best person in case your candidate does not win. That way, at least you can say you can live with that choice too. Remember that this is your country and the world is looking to see if you know how to make the right choice in the end or if you are just good at screwing yourselves. God help America!

    March 17, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  107. Bob

    The Obamavision(tm) media spin is truly spectacular.

    When Republicans vote for Obama, it's because he is a uniter and someone who can transcend party lines.

    When Republicans vote for Clinton, it's a conspiracy theory, an attempt to sabotage the party, even while every single poll I can find at this moment has Clinton fairing signficantly better than Obama vs. John McCain in the general election.

    I have spoken with several Republican co-workers, and they have all told me they support Hillary over Obama, because, while they dislike her, they recognize that she would be competent. Obama, the self-proclaimed "blank screen", who, by his own admission, is "bound to disappoint some, if not all" of his supporters, scares them. He scares them because he has demonstrated no substance at all, but through a wave of marketing, might actually win.

    Although, in light of the recent revelation that Obama's inspiration for the past 20 years has been a racist hate monger, and in light of the manner in which his campaign has used race as a wedge issue for shortterm political gain in the primary, I question whether he is electable at all in the general, to be honest.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  108. karen from va

    Yes, Jack, sadly enough, it's quite smart of Republicans to vote for Hillary in the primaries. Since she is such a divisive candidate and has taken so many opportunities to fracture the Democratic Party, there are many, many Democrats who will not vote for her in November if she is the candidate. The Party will not "come together" to support Her Royal Clinton, because she has crossed the Rubicon with her divisive antics.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  109. chuck

    Interesting that when the Republican's were crossing over to vote for Obama the spin was that it was good that he could get them to cross party lines, not that the Republican's were desperately trying to find a way to stop Clinton. Of course now that the votes are going the other way it has to be with evil intent. All good things come from Obama all bad from Clinton... I have such a hard time remembering that. It's a good thing we have the press to remind us of that.

    Saint Paul, MN

    March 17, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  110. cynthia L.A.

    From Olathe, Kansas
    Jack, Thank you for stating this. I remember when I saw the governor of Florida say how interested that his state’s voters voice be counted. My ears quickly perked up. Why would he be so interested? What would be the advantage to him. Would it be like in Texas where Hillary was able to get Republican votes just to make her look like the electable candidate? I remember the fiasco in Florida last time. I think there is another reason he came out in support of the revote in Florida. I am convinced. I can’t remember at this time which commentator made that very comment but that is unfortunate. To stop this process. I think the thing to do is to caucus in Florida if anything. I also think that Hillary needs to think clearly and rationally about not making this a to the death campaign.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  111. Jon, Ohio

    It's a smart strategy, but under-handed. Something we've come to expect from the Republicans. Keep power at all costs, even if it means dragging the country down with them. If McCain wins, they can keep laughing all the way to the unemployment line.

    If Hillary cared about this country more than her own ambitions, she would drop out now and deny the Republicans their petty game.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  112. rs

    when Republicans vote for Senator Clinton, it because they think it is easier to beat in November or they want to prolong the race making it easier for McCain.
    And Republicans vote Senator Obama then it because he has the ability to appeal across party lines
    When will the aggresive media bias against Senator Clinton stop.
    Media doesn't seem to understand they are becoming irrelevant.
    On the right, Sean, Bill O, Rush et al had no impact in stopping Senator McCain.
    And the main stream media has had just as much luck in stopping Senator Clinton's forward momentum

    March 17, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  113. Stephanie

    Well, Jack, I don't know if it's smart or not. But what I make of it is
    republicans want "more of the same". McCain is too old. Hillary has many years in Washington that's where she got her training and took the test to be Commander in Chief. So she is only capable of "more of the same". That's all she knows. What we need is CHANGE AND AN ENTIRELY NEW APPROACH to running this great nation. Not more of "self will run riot ". Hillary Keeps telling us that Barack Obama has not passed the test to be Commander and Chief. All I can say to that is " Thank God"! That test is based on "the old" and "out dated" curriculum. Barack Obama will write the New and Changed version.


    March 17, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  114. Deb from PA

    If the republicans succeed in making Hillary the nominee and she wins the general election, then the joke will be on them.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  115. Isaac Legare

    I belive that Hillary is doing more to hurt the party then John McCain is willing to do. At times in this campaign she seems like a bi-polar pitbull willing to do what ever and then come soft later. She is willing to stop at nothing in order to get what she wants and i belive its dirty politics on her end and of the repiblicans to cross party lines to hinder the Dem's Primaries. By the way love your comments Mr. Cafferty

    March 17, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  116. William

    Personally, I don't care what the republicans think is going to happen. They are trying to second guess the election and think that their candidate will beat either Hillary or Obama. This is going to backfire. The democratic party is larger than the republican party, and I predict that they will come out in droves because the majority of the country just don't want another four years of Bush policies.

    Once the nomination is sealed, both democratic candidates will do everything they can to unite the party.

    As for me, I do have a preference, but I will vote for whoever gets the nomination.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  117. dan

    I think the republicans are very smart. By voting for HRC and promoting her, they have extended the democrat's primary season. This has allowed Sen Clinton to believe that she actually has a shot, so she has turned up the volume of criticism on Sen. Obama, thereby calling his character and qualifications into question, potentially weakening his bid.

    The ultimate outcome, they hope, is that Sen Clinton will damage Obama so much that the electorate believes her rhetoric, votes for her too, and that she will be the candidate, and easier for McCain to beat.

    Of course, Sen Clinton, in her wisdom, has fallen for the strategy, and is doing the republican's work for them.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  118. Heather Seattle, Wa

    Whether it's a smart strategy or not, it IS an abuse of the right to vote. I find it shameful that the group that tends be more eager to send the troops to fight and die for the rights of others, behaves so flippantly with theirs.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  119. AJ Thompson

    i believe that Republicans have the right to vote for whomever they seem fit. some people call obama a uniter. i would call him a racist. maybe that is what the republican people see...

    March 17, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  120. Ben, College Park, MD

    Obama lost popular votes in Texas by a margin of 100,000+ votes. Had the republicans not voted for Hillary, he would have won. Almost 24% of votes in Mississippi came for Hillary from GOP supporters, that means "one in every four" votes.

    It is indeed smart for republicans to use Hillary's negative campaign to spoil our golden year. When both our candidates are outstanding, what is smarter than using Hillary's talents to ruin our chances, our both candidates, and to avoid bringing back some soundness back into our politics?!!

    March 17, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  121. IFEANYI AZUBIKE Houston, Texas

    Jack, the strategy speaks volumes about the republican party and their evil ingenuity when it comes to twisting the will of the people. In terms of it's deviousness it is masterfully crafted, but whatever happened to decency and people minding their business.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  122. Billie Kentucky

    First of all, if they're voting for her it's only because they're voting against Obama and Hillary will be a more formidable candidate against McCain. That's what they're worried about if anything, at least if they didn't get McCain, they would have Hillary, not Obama.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  123. Justin in California

    Eddie In Florida-

    I think you Floridians need to start taking responsibiity for the people you put in office of your state. The rest of the country has been fighting for Florida voter rights for years. You should guys just try to run an honest election for once and then maybe people would care what you think. Untill then it is quite the opposite.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  124. Sante, Canada

    Every thoughtful person, even you, knows that in this difficult time Clinton is a very good answer. Like it or not , the outcome is almost known, and that is hopeful by itself!
    We are not in a position to experiment now!
    May be after 4 years!

    March 17, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  125. Jaqueline

    Lets see, when Obama says that he is getting republicans and independents voters the media says they like him. When Hillary gets republicans and independents voters the media says they are stupid, insane and there must be some sinster motive. They are voting for Hillary because she is best person to lead America. And she has never lost to a republican. What a dim wit like Rush has to say means less than nothing to these voters. He is entertainment pure and simple. No DEM or REP can win the WH or the nomination with purely their base. I thought reaching out was a good thing for America?

    And Jack why are you so much in love with Anti-American Obama?

    March 17, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  126. O.C., Atlanta

    Republican's smart? They have John McCain as a candidate because they couldn't get anyone credible to run. None of the "good" ones would run in a year where they would inevitable lose. Obama, Clinton...doesn't matter. Democrats '08.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  127. Hudson Egbert. Ottawa Canada

    Yes it's good for the Republicans , I am from Canada, even Canadian Conservative government making bad remarks about Obama, therefore Clinton can win the Democratic contest. Longer these two fight each other more nasty stuff about both campaign will come out. Remember folks, she was third in Iowa.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  128. Bendo

    This thought should send down chills down every repub spinless spines...Democrats in Nov. will add to their House seats and will increase their Senate seats...now if they lose the WH...it will be a complete reversal of where we were in 2004... Now if McCain should win, he faces a Dem Congress and will have to compromise to pass legislation, which will piss off right wing nut cases to no end....if anything, the economy will get worse and McCain will be a one termer...which will lay the ground work for another Obama presidential run.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  129. Paulinus, Canada

    Surely a vote for Hillary is a vote for McCain so why no. The uncommitted super delegates should step in before it is too late. Hillary’s greed for power is destroying the Democratic Party.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  130. joanne

    I also would like to say, when Obama gets republican support it's because he's crossing party lines for unity and when Clinton gets republican support it's because they would rather have her as the candidate to lose to McCain. This is ridiculous! Once again I'm sure you'll be reading more pro obama than pro Clinton. Are you a republican? Maybe you should start supporting Hillary!

    March 17, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  131. Jacqueline-Georgia

    It is about time for the mainstream media to start reporting on this story. Of course, it's smart strategy. We talked about it after the Texas and Ohio primaries. The Republicans are voting for Hillary Clinton because they feel they can beat her in the general election. If you want to believe the polls, the polls show that Obama has a stronger chance of beating McCain than Clinton does in November. I think Clijnton is starting to believe that the Republicans really want her in the Oval Office. She's even beginning to sound like one. Have you heard her stump speeches lately or seen that 3am scare tactic commercial?

    March 17, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  132. Carmelle

    Valley City, North Dakota
    I don't know how Republicans can ever hope to take the "moral high road" with tactics like these. Talk about subverting the system. What always amazes me is what an organized block they are...kind of like the Nazis were.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  133. Zarina

    You are obsessed with Sen Clinton. Why do not you talk about racist precher who hates America and Sen Obama was there for 20 years and he says he doesnot know anything. Give me break.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  134. Sam Clare

    As an Obama supporter, I promise I'm not one of his crazy over-the-top people,

    But in this instance I am angry. It is unacceptable for Republicans to me meddling in my party's politics. This is corrupt, it's desperate, it's SLEAZY, dishonest. I would feel the same way if it were the other way around.

    And, by the way, Cafferty didn't mention that Rush Limbaugh urged his listeners to vote for Clinton just days before the Texas/Ohio primaries.

    I am very upset about this.


    March 17, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  135. Cap

    Hillary is absolutely the weaker candidate and the Republicans have the correct strategy. Now that McCain has locked up the nomination they will continue to vote for Hillary in open primaries to destabilize and divide the Democratic Party. She has disclosed sparse documentation from her "35 years of experience" and when asked about it her campaign states she has been unfairly attacked by Obama. Who knows what will come out when she releases the documentation from the Presidential Library and her most recent tax return? And enough about the Reverend Wright. People say it isn't plausible for Obama to not have heard these sermons. But if you watch the 30 second loops closely, there seems to be choir members with befuddled facial expressions as if these sermons were not expected. If a choir member (who I am assuming attends services relatively regularly) is surprised at the content then it is no surprise that Barack could have been caught off guard as well.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  136. ak

    "She should have withdrawn from the race by now"

    u got to be kidding, after the latest about Wright, we are glad that she stayed. BO candidacy is going to implode when more facts will come out

    March 17, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  137. B

    Jack, You need to stop being so biased against Hillary Clinton. Obama won the Republican vote 2 to 1 in every single state before Mississippi, but no one thought of that as a huge scandal. The fact is, Republicans have hurt Hillary in almost every state. Look at what the margin of victory would have been without all those Republicans voting for Obama.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  138. Sam of Miami, Florida

    Let them (Repubs) go ahead. Being up to no good in a presidential election might just come to hurt them. I'll like to remind them to be careful of what they wish for, because they might just get it and then be sorry later.


    March 17, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  139. Rich

    It would be a smart strategy for EVERYONE to vote for Hillary in the primaries. I used to think otherwise but Obama and his supporters have now turned this into a racially divided campaign. It makes me sick.

    Rich in BC

    March 17, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  140. O. A. Eze a.k.a OGB in Austell, GA


    My friend, these Republicans are really bent in winning back the White House by all means necessary. Its a smart strategy on their part because this ploy will keep the Democratic Party divided and a house divided amongst itself will not stand. The Republicans now have a nominee – Sen. John McCain, so if they can keep the Democrats divided by voting for Clinton in the on going democratic primaries, they will do so.

    The Democratic Party would really have turned dumb if they fall into this strategic ploy hatched out in the republican minds. If the Democratic Superdelegates nominate Clinton over Obama, the Republicans who voted for her during the primaries will abandon her in the election desert and vote for their candidate, Sen John McCain. I strongly advise the Democratic Party to nominate, Sen. Barack Obama, who is clear front runner and the popular vote of the democratic party. He stands for Change and I believe that he will totally deliver. A word is enough for the wise.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  141. doug

    What's interesting Jack is the fact that Ohio has a law, if they are switching to just vote for Clinton in the primary then they are violating that law. Somebody should have told Rush,obviously he did'nt do his homework.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  142. Sammy

    I just hope the superdelegates take this into consideration when deciding who has the better chance of winning come november.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  143. mitchell martin ark.

    it should not be allowed,period.if your a registered republican,you should not be able to vote in democratic primaries or caucuses,unless you register as a democrat or independent.allowing republicans to influence another party's nomination process is dumb.if they want to cross party lines,fine!but, register for that party you choose,or vote however you want during the general election.but to allow another party to influence your choice for a nominee of your own party,is a stupid way to set up the rules.i fear for all the new young and disenfranchised voters,who have come out of their caves,because they've been inspired by a new type of politician,who is trying to bring change through unity.for rush limbaugh,and others to use their stupid ,devisive positions,to influence the democrats' nomination process makes me wonder if bill has been talking with rush,as another part of the "clinton machine" tactics ,that will ensure we stay at the same old non-productive,failing federal government,that we've had, since i was born in 1964.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  144. Scott

    Yes, Hillary and McCain both represent the middle of the road. It will be nice to have two moderate candidates for once, one of whom will become president. Both have reached across the aisle and will do so to get things done.

    Obama talks nice so there is nothing to disagree with. People are projecting onto him what they want since he has no history of taking a position. Unlike Hillary, he hasn't even taken a position on what they should do in Michigan or Florida! Wait a minute, didn't Obama take a position on the war once upon a time?

    Long Valley, NJ

    March 17, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  145. Rock in Florida

    Jack, please let me imbue your listenrs, some political professors in Universities have uncovered in statistical measurements of, Republicans voting for Senator Clinton. Perhaps the strategy is to create a empirical element of false confidence for some Democrats. If Sen. Clinton is nominated by the party. This process will therefore assure a very close race in the major election for Prisident in November. If one was to look at the data, perhaps for the last 3 presidentual elections, maybe one can see their is very little change in voting habits by Republicans who vote on a regular basis for president of the United States. Democrates young and elderly will have to vote in mass to defeat the Republican ticket.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  146. Alex Anikul

    It makes some sense from a strategic perspective. It could be that Rush Limbaugh’s call to action before the March 4th contests may have indeed resonated. However, it will make little difference in the end. Ultimately, the democrats will simply outnumber the republicans in the general election, just as we have seen in virtually every primary and caucus thus far. Factor in a deeply troubled economy, and barring a major national security crisis between now and November, you’ve got a Democrat as this year’s winner.

    Brooklyn, NY

    March 17, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  147. Clayton Ripley


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  148. James

    Smart Yes,

    It happened to them with Mccain. They are only trying to get us back by being stuck with Hillary. Then American can be stuck with two people that are fighters. Jack it is time to just liquify your assets build a bunker and pray for better days. Because no one wants a fair Fight, the american way, or a Demorcary.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  149. Diane,WY

    Why not Jack, they voted for Obama to keep Hillary from winning. How many of those votes Obama got in Iowa were Republican????

    Do you think that some could be voting for Hillary because they know she would be a better President than Obama or McCain.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  150. David Scoven


    Of course it's smart for Republicans to do everything possible to push forward the opposition candidate that they think will be easiest to defeat. I just hope that the Democratic Superdelegates will keep in mind the there will be hundreds of thousands of disingenuous votes in the Clinton tally.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  151. Al, Lawrence KS

    I guess the biggest disappointment is that some people actually do what Rush an Laura tell them to do. That's really a sad commentary on our society.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  152. David Alexandria, VA

    I'm pretty much a Republican and think that the practice is offensive. It is wholly undemocratic. This stinks like vote-buying and ballot-box stuffing. It is at its core un-American.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  153. Jaqueline

    Hillary will unite the nation. We desperately need her leadership. Obama has no experience and can't be trust. His anti-American and race baiting is a horrible prospect for our great nation. Obama needs to take himself and his friends and leave the DEM race.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  154. Mary


    Why do you have to paint things like its some type of strategic plan of republicans to vote for Hillary, what you and the MSM are implying is the she is a weak candidate. You are out of your mind, all of you. Maybe WE (I am a republican) are voting for her because she is a moderate democrat compared to Obama. She is a smart, experienced women that understands what is happening and has the cojones to bring change without taking us to the extreme far left as Obama would. I am sick and tired of the media bias at this point, its getting out of hand.

    Easton, PA

    March 17, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  155. Amy

    The republicans are only voting for Hiliary because they do not want Obama to win the nomination and their votes were not needed in their contest as they had already had a winner. They will not vote for her in the General election, the Republicans are trying do is to run the Democratic race.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  156. Emmie from TX

    Well... it won them the battle. They succeeded in helping Clinton set up the firewall to Obama's advance and have since let loose the infantry in the form of Wright sound bites. But don't count Obama out – many awe inspiring battles in history have been won despite the odds as a result of boundless passion and ingenious leadership.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  157. Cindy

    The Republican voters voting for Clinton are treating this like a reality game show. The #2 and #3 contestants gang up on the #1 to try to get him eliminated before the final elimination round.

    So it's pretty obvious who the #1 is. Heck, the whole world knows who the #1 is.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  158. James in Cape Coral, FL

    If this is indeed whats happening then it sounds like the perfect backdoor strategy for the republicans. With Obama out of the way there should be a clear path to the White House for McCain. When It comes to Hillary there is just too much fodder for the republicans to use against her. What would they say about Obama? Thats right, he doesn't have the experience and his speaches are too good to make an effective President. Sounds like a hard hitting scandal to me.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  159. Frank

    If I were a Republican, I would vote for Hillary in a primary if given the chance to do so. She is so hungry for power that she fails to see her own greatest weakness, which is her ability to unite those who are opposed to her and Bill. She is McCain's greatest asset. I suspect she will win the nomination but like Humphry, Stevenson, Dewey, Stassen and William Jennings Bryan she will be recorded as another electoral loser. And that would be fair and just.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  160. William Henderson

    I'm a Republican and I plan to vote for Obama, although I was a big fan of McCain. I personally like to see this get drawn out as it'll help all my media stocks. No seriously, I think it will actually rip the face off of the way politics have been practiced for the last 4 decades. United we Stand Divided we fall/fail.

    Bill H. Long Island, NY

    March 17, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  161. Jake

    The Republicans didn't start voting for Hillary in large numbers until they already had a nominee. Coincidence? I think not! Now that the Republicans have they're nominee they will try and toy with the Democratic nomination, whether they prefer to run against Hillary or not, what they want is to extend the primaries for the Democrats and have them continue to battle it out. When Obama was getting the majority of crossover votes from Republicans he was doing it when the Republican primary was still a race, so those Republicans chose to vote Obama over any of the Republican nominees which shows he has crossover appeal, and the other Republicans know that he does and Hillary doesn't.

    So to answer your question yes it is a smart strategy by Republicans.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  162. Tim from Buffalo

    I think it's very smart of partisan republicans to support Hillary. Most of the wounds of this democratic primary will likely heal prior to the election and that leaves independents as the deciding factor (same as always). Barack Obama has shown to do better with independents than either McCain or Hillary and if that continues he would likely be a stronger candidate against McCain.

    My hypothesis above does assume that Obama will come out of his current embattlement over his Minister's controversial statements at least as strong as he started. Every other time there’s been some superficial controversy surrounding him (about is name, whether he’s Muslim, etc.) it's been effectively used as a free national media event which allows him to expose more folks to his message via his unique oratory style which is obviously very compelling.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  163. Franky

    I gotta say this is somewhat of a "conspiracy" going on here. I mean, come on, everybody is paying attention now. I can't say why this is happening but I know a lot of factors play a role in it. Is interesting to find out what some people have to say. To be honest, I don't know how much of a factor this will play in the general election. And as far as I know, anything could happen later on. And you know what? As time goes by each day and week, the stimuli is different.....

    March 17, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  164. Ray - NJ

    Maybe they are voting for her because THEY WANT TO!!!! WOW..to think they would want a women to be President and not have you or the Media tell them how to vote.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  165. Anne from Los Angeles

    I think it will backfire on the Republicans if they are voting for Clinton as an easier target. The Democrats will rally around her vs. any old dude! And with the new number of Democrats that have registered – well looks like the Republicans are in real trouble.

    Perhaps though it does show that Clinton can get stuff done from across the isle.......just like her record in the Senate says........Hummm!
    Now does that come with experience or suggestions from a mentor?

    March 17, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  166. Mary in CT

    Smart? It's from the same playbook as putting gay marriage on the ballot to bring out conservative voters who would otherwise stay home on election day. As usual, the Republicans have no ideas, no vision, only tactics. For Democratic voters who believe that Clinton has already been "vetted" and therefore immune from Republican attacks: do you really think conservatives have gotten the Clintons' shenanigans out of their system?

    March 17, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  167. G. Bullock

    It may not be very smart, but only a masochist would vote for 4 more GOP years of war, deficits, ruin and national disgrace.
    Why didn't the Republicans vote for someone besides McCain, if he is so unpalatable to their claimed 'values'?

    March 17, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  168. Peace

    Those who are thinking that Republicans are voting for her genuinely, must think again.

    50 percent of people hate her and say will never vote for her, are they democrats???? Of course not, they are republicans.

    Dean has to talk to Superdelegates and they must act accordingly, if at all they love their Party and want it to win.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  169. Angelica California

    We are the voters asked or just a hand full? Who exactly was asked? And can any of this be believed could it be just another tactic? Personally in my family 5 republicans changed party to independent just to be able to support Hillary in California. Yes some republicans like her and want her to be the next president.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  170. RLD

    Jack there is no doubt that republicans want Hillary to win cause they know that she can't win against Old Mac.The bad part is that Cnn and the other cable networks are giving her free advertisement as if they are part of that movement also.Stop running the negative info on Obama!

    March 17, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  171. Aillyn Kulick from Massachusetts

    It's very obvious to why Republicans vote for Hillary. They know she will stand no chance to McCain when it comes down to it. In her attacks on Obama she's only screwed herself over if she wins the nomination. She's already said that would McCain would make a better president than Obama and that comment is going to come and bite her in the derrière sooner or later. Don't forget that she can no longer play her overused card of "experience" since McCain has far more experience than she does. In a match up against McCain Hillary stands no chance, this is why Republicans vote for her.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  172. Danielle, PA

    Yes, it is brilliant!
    Give it a month or two and both democrats will be polling below George W. Bush. Both sides are really going after each other, and the longer this lasts the weaker the winner will be coming out.

    The funny thing is that the race is so close the republicans could choose which candidate they want to go against if they show up to the polls. The best thing that could happen is that they fight all the way to the convention then the super delegates choose one over the other. No matter whom they choose that would destroy the party for years to come.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  173. C.Clark

    Oh, come on, Jack. Let's have a "fact check". When Republicans vote for Obama the slant is, "Wow! He's even attracting Republicans." When Republicans vote for Clinton the slant is, "They want Clinton to win because McCain can beat her." Who is reading the "tea leaves" out there in pundit land?

    March 17, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  174. Greg in Ohio


    We a pair of republicans that voted Obama in the Ohio primary. We thought about Hillary because we beleive McCain can beat her in November but then the what-if's started and we went with Obama as a way to hedge our bet. If the Democrate strategests think that all the Republican cross over votes will stay in the fall they will be mistaken. Many of us voted simply because we could. so another mess they will have in the Fall.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  175. ed

    well, jack, i know you couldn't possibly think anyone, whether dems or reps, could possibly believe in her for her political views and beliefs..your ignorance amazes me

    March 17, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  176. ron

    One name "Rush Limbaugh". The GOP is scared of Obama and they probably should be, as much has been thrown at Barack as of late and he still continues to gain support of all diversities, Super delegates coming aboard, and remaining positive. I think we can put to rest this idea that the man can’t take a punch. don't you?

    March 17, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  177. sandy

    is it smart for cnn to disenfranchise over half of the voting democrats thus far taking in the florida three way primary? is it smart for jack cafferty never to mention that the only one who broke florida rules was obama who ran skads of cable ads up and through the un-primary> ask anyone in florida – i guess you have to since you never reported it!!!

    so why is it not smart as you implied for republicans to come out for hillary tricksters as you make them out to be. jack, you better start white knuckling your teleprompter – cause it might just be possible that people prefer her over a defrocked prophet currently going by the name of obama.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  178. VA


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  179. LL chicago, IL

    The Republicans want Hillary to win because they know they can have a field day and can flat out slaughter her in a general election.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  180. Ratgurl

    I think if the Republicans TRULY want Hillary to run this country, then they should vote for her. More & more it seems as though they are afraid of Obama. What is there to fear? Transparency in government is long overdue.

    I happen to know ONE republican who voted for Obama because she liked what he stood for.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  181. chuck cornett

    Jack sure what the hell they showed their ignorance twice and voted for George why not Hillary now!!!!!!!!

    March 17, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  182. maria

    Jack, if your numbers are right, our country is seriously farked up! This is totally sick, sick, sick!

    Should Senator Obama not get the nomination (and he had already won this election, just do the simple math), there will be big trouble. And all the Republicans voting for Senator Clinton for all the evil reasons you've mentioned it above, they better start learning how to spell the world REVOLUTION.

    maria from manhattan

    March 17, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  183. Carl, Bakersfield, CA

    Just like the Clintons, the likes of Limbaugh, Ingram, and the puppet Hannity will try anything to make sure Obama is not getting the WH. Like they said, Obama is a blank slate and they can paint him however they want and right now they have tried the Muslim trick, the Rezko trick, the pastor comments trick, NAFTA anything they can to make sure their self interest is served. Sometimes they say he is a Muslim, but then he attends a radical black church.

    They are comfortable with mud slinging, gut tearing, character assassination kinda politics that made their careers. The more controversy the more their TV/ radio careers flourishes. Enough with this, it is time America look beyond themselves for the love of the country.

    By the way Jack, you are the best in business....

    March 17, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  184. Eric

    If the Republicans want a Democrat to beat in the general election then they should vote for Obama. Look at the states that Clinton won. She's more electable than Obama. I highly doubt Republicans voted for Hillary just because Rush told them to.


    March 17, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  185. KB in L.A.

    Clinton is a divider... no question about it. If you don't believe Repub's are voting for her because they WANT to beat her, just listen to them. Must be terrible to be in a competition and not even be actually in the race. Does a lot for the old ego I guess tho, "they love me they really love me." Repubs always seem to be one step ahead, too bad it's for no good.

    Not from the U.S. so don't accuse me of taking sides. All of your elections since 2000 have been a comedy. World's waiting for you to join us again. All I ask is that you don't give us another war-monger.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  186. Bill in Quarryville Pennsylvania

    I don't think the republicans should be voting for someone who they think they might have a better chance of beating. What they should be doing is figuring out ways to distance themselves from the last eight years of George Bush presidency.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  187. Jaqueline


    What exit polls? All the exit polls I have ever seen never ask that question. Stop making lies up for Obama. You just can't stand that republicans like Hillary more than Obama. To bad for you and your anti-American and race baiter candidate.

    Hillary 08

    March 17, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  188. Brian, Cincinnati

    Of course it's a smart strategy. They know Hillary Clinton will stop at nothing to win. She'll gladly destroy her own party and her husband's legacy before she would give up in her quest for power. And if she can't win, she'll destroy Obama so that he loses so she can run again in 2012. Why else would Bill have the archives lock up her records till after 2012? I'm sure they'll find a reason to push that to 2016 if needed.

    Brian, Cincinnati Ohio

    March 17, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  189. Donna Sylvester

    Calgary Canada
    Well Jack.... the Democratic party is imploding as far as I can see. I have been interested in your election this time becuse the drama is soooo exciting.!! but it seems the impossible is becoming possible, the democrats will split and Mcain will squeeze in. Very smart for the Republicans, sad for the rest.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  190. Jared from Surprise AZ

    That these so-called Republican 'standard-bearers' are advocating this type of tactic should be embarrassing to the Republican Party. I am personally embarrassed to have registered as a Republican, and have since become an Independent. Anyone who is willing to trade in their value sets to play this game of dirty pool has spit on the graves of Patriots and Founding Fathers alike. You should be ashamed of yourselves for trying to subvert our system of government; let the people decide for themselves.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  191. obamamama

    Maybe the GoP were appalled that the candidate and his wife seems to only recently been proud of their country,after 20 years of relationship with their pastor,it is understandable that Michelle Obama is only now proud of her country.Now that her husband is ahead.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  192. sabrinab

    so when obama attracts republican votes its because these voters support him. but when hillary attracts republican votes its only because they want to prolong the battle for the democratic nominee?

    thats a bunch of bull. how more biased can your blogs possibly be?

    March 17, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  193. Jennifer, Atlanta

    Well there's another reason you left out of the article that Republicans would vote for Hillary. I am a Republican who voted for Hillary during the primaries because I feel she is the best choice left (my first choice was Biden). If she does not get the Democratic nomination I will vote for McCain in November but if she does I will vote for her again.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  194. Angeline, Silver spring, MD

    I think they should take her comment very seriously; "Be careful what you wish for". This double-edged warning scares me to death!


    March 17, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  195. Mike, Toronto

    It is a smart, old and well tested tactical approach – remember the old saying 'divide and conquer'? Not only that the Republicans would get the benefits of weakening both Democratic candidates, but also that supporters of the losing Democratic candidate may chose to not vote in November, or even vote for McCain out of spite. Not to mention that having Clinton as oponent would give McCain a real chance to win the White House.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  196. Adam

    It is if they want to win in November. They know that with Hillary on the ticket their base will be mobilized and they stand a better chance of McCain winning. They fear Obama. They don't want McCain to have to face him. Obama is a movement. Hillary is old news. They don't have a game plan for Obama. They figured out how to beat Hillary 16 years ago. The DNC needs to wake up. Obama is their strongest candidate and the Republican's believe so as well. By letting this nomination fight continue, they are destroying their best shot at the White House.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  197. Jerry, Fayetteville Tennessee

    Voting for Hillary in an attempt to keep the Democratic race going may be smart strategy, but voting for her in the hope that she wins the nomination is really kind of goofy, unless they prefer her over Obama as president. The election is a long way off, and the current polls showing McCain performing better against Hillary are divorced from the reality that a campaign between them will produce. Caveat suffragator!

    March 17, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  198. Annie, Atlanta GA


    It's underhanded and sleazy. Just the sort of thing we've come to expect from the Republican party of late, especially when Limbaugh is ringleader.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  199. Mauri

    It's a great idea for Republicans to vote for Hillary if for no other reason than to eliminate Barack Obama as quickly as possible. He has said he'll make a speech soon about the racists who are falsely blaming his pastor for his radical sermons. I say that there is absolutely no context in which it would be appropriate to implore: "GOD DAMN AMERICA; NOT GOD BLESS AMERICA." I will look forward to hearing Obama rationalize this approval of this statement by his pastor. As for Republicans for Hillary, I know many who will vote for her in the short term. Thanks for asking.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  200. Issa Bisso

    The Republicans who voted for Obama and now for Hillary are finding out that the Audacity of Hope is "the Audacity of Soap" washed so quickly when they had more information about who Obama is and where he is coming from. Please do not misunderstand me. I am not talking about race but substance.

    Issa Bisso
    Mississauga, Ontario

    March 17, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  201. Mandelay

    It's a free country! Anyone should be able to vote for whomever they wish. Even write in your choice if he/she is not on the ballot. But, as a Democrat, I do think primaries should be closed primaries, only for registered Democrats. Also, I think the process should be all primaries, no caucus as it really locks out people as a process, but has so much power in awarding delegates. And speaking of delegates, I think all 50+ closed primaries should be winner take all, none of this proportional nonsense that favors "strongholds" and minimizes the worth of other voters within the state. No more of that "two step" jazz. And no superdelegates. Let's clean up the Dem nominating process. And, yes, vote for whomever you wish to vote for in November. Well, at least the last wish is not a pipe dream!

    March 17, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  202. Richard

    I don't buy the media bias angle, the facts are major figures in the Republican part are telling voters to vote for Clinton. Exit polling and statistics support that these turnouts are at least supported by this endorcement. When Republican voted for Obama there was no such endorcement. If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, guess what???

    March 17, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  203. Genevieve Jones

    Excuse me if my memory faults me, but didn't the Republicans spend eight years and millions of dollars trying to "get" something on the Clintons, only to resort to invading Bill's stupid personal antics to use against them?

    I wish you Obama people would find another venue for attacking Hillary. He's way out of his league, and I'm terrified for him to be the one to answer the phone at 3:00 a.m.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  204. Jack

    This election will be about the declining economy, so Republicans voting for Hillary are supporting the person who can mop the floor with McCain in November.

    As we all know, fixing a declining Bush economy is a Clinton specialty, and McCain has said that he doesn't know much about economic matters.

    Can Republicans make it any easier?

    March 17, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  205. Eleanor

    they vote for Hillary Jack because they want her to be the nominee because they know MCCain can beat her .....plain and simple because she is so disliked!!
    they were voting for Obama because they liked his message of
    They sure wernt coming out in droves for the Clintons until that sick bag of wind Rush Limbaugh asked them too
    I hope Obama can get past this racism issue spiralled by the clintons to begin with and then the media
    sorry but Bush,Clinton Clinton , Bush, Bush and Clinton again is *insanity* in my opinion and MCBush is more of the last 8 years of hell
    Keep hanging in their Senator Obama!!
    There is hope for your country yet!!!

    March 17, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  206. Jerry from Oregon


    yes it is smart for the Republicans to vote for Hillary if they want to win in November, though it is nefarious. McCain's own campaign has already said it, Obama is an unknown; the phenomenah of his movement is unheard of. they don't know how to campaign against it.

    Hillary Clinton on the other hand is a well known political insider. How well they know how to exploit the many negatives of the Clintons

    March 17, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  207. evans o.oseki, norway

    Surprised? These republicans are smart and democrats are really helping them along by dancing to the evils of Hillary. Who on earth is Hillary to defeat McCain? Go figure!!!! And Bill Clinton won`t be able to play the race cards then either.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  208. Mark - Gilbert, AZ

    For the republicans who want Hillary vs. McCain, yes, it is a smart strategy. Obama would win against McCain easily where as Hillary would have the fight of her life.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  209. Jonas

    Strategically this makes perfect sense if your're a Republican. Not only will this help swipe the election come November, but it will also help keep the millions of new voters Obama has brought into the process from ever voting again.

    Personally, I disagree with the notion that the Dems are having trouble picking a candidate because both candidates are both so great. We have one great candidate and one ruthless one. If Hillary somehow steals the nomination at this point, I'll be voting Nader come November.

    March 17, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  210. Jack - Connecticut

    This election will be about the declining economy, so Republicans voting for Hillary are supporting the person who can mop the floor with McCain in November.

    As we all know, fixing a declining Bush economy is a Clinton specialty, and McCain has said that he doesn’t know much about economic matters.

    Can Republicans make it any easier?

    March 17, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  211. Mac, FL


    Are you serious? Did you ever stop to think that SOME of these folks might really want to support a Democrat now that their fellow party members have left them with only John McCain? There are a lot of disgruntled Republicans, and I think what we are seeing in these numbers is that many are crossing over to support Hillary because they see she is the best candidate.

    Come on Jack, not all motives are sinister, and those who listen to Rush Limbaugh are so conservative they would never, could never pull the lever for a Democrat, if even to try to give their party a percieved "edge". But to those who did support Hillary, THANKS!

    March 17, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  212. Robin

    Jack – I would like to see my above commented posted. Prove me wrong in believing that you only post anti-Hillary comments.

    March 17, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  213. taylor richmond virginia

    only the democrats can screw this one up, McCain and the whole republican party is tied to a sinking oil tanker called the Bush Administration. Let them have their going away party.

    March 17, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  214. Tom NC

    Jack, I think it is fair for the republicans to vote in the democratic contest if it is allowed, but I ask people to look at themselves in the mirror if you are voting only to make a mockery of the system. Is Rush patriotic? Are you patriotic for "playing games" with our political system? Shame on you!

    March 17, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  215. Alice from Georgia

    Jack, it's stupid! Republicans are falling victim to Hillary's "win by any means necessary " campaign strategy.

    If Hillary is the nominee, she will sink her teeth into McCain and not let go. McCain had better get his rabies shot and buckle up for a bumpy ride. You haven't seen the full on Hillary Machine in motion yet.

    She probably won't even bother to thank Rush, Laura and their followers for their support when she wins in the General.

    This is gonna be fun.

    March 17, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  216. Eileen, Georgia

    Ah yes, I think I smell an aroma of Eau de Rove behind all this. Any means to an end, even if it means interfering with the fair democratic process.

    In the last couple of weeks we have had some fairly silly attacks on Obama from the Clinton team, but I am getting a whiff lately of the true manipulator of the media at work.

    I'm thinking maybe the Republicans would rather run against Clinton and are therefore interfering in their own sneaky and effective fashion in the Democratic primaries, both with bogus votes and media manipulation, leaking anything they can find to make Obama look bad whether it is true, a grain of truth or pure fiction.

    March 17, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  217. Brian


    I think fraudulently tampering with the nomination for a candidate for the Presidency of the United States of America should be illegal, not a strategy for a political party.

    Brian, Idaho

    March 17, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  218. Cindy

    I think the atheletes should be polled. Some may care, some may not. But it's a decision that affects them directly, hurts them directly, their opinion should be weighed more strongly than mine, or a politicians, or an activist's.

    March 17, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  219. Mike

    These are precisely the circumstances the Super delegates were intended to address. If convincing evidence is found that It was the Republicans that put Hillary over the top in any way by GOP voters attempting to undermine the Democratic process by interfering in the Democratic Primaries, then the Super Delegates should vote for the true winner of that process. Barack Obama.

    Mike Atlanta, GA

    March 17, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  220. Eleni

    I am a canadian and americans are in a big mess.I if you can't see that obama and his wife are big liers , good luck to you! He is a very tricky person he never give a clear answer and all around him are the same. The democrats politicians are stupid .obama ...goes with the wind........ He laugh at everybody... syrian businessman , his pastor, canada... and at you first of all!!

    March 17, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  221. Jackie from Fresno

    Yes, It's smart because the Republicans would rather run McCain against her. They know their chances of winning the general election are better against Clinton than Obama.

    March 17, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  222. Eddie 6ix

    Yes it's a good Idea... Maybe they want Hillary to propose the VP slot to McCain. It wouldn't be the first time she asks a frontrunner to fall behind her second place. Or maybe she ought to change party affiliation since her tactics have a lot more in common with the Republican ones. Or Maybe the republicans are smart enough to know that if she wins, they win.

    Eddie, Quebec

    March 17, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  223. dan

    When Obama gets republican votes does it mean that they hate her or like him? Obama has been showing off that even republicans like to vote for him, but mabe his bamboozie, okeedokee speech didn't help him in Mississippi, You either talk to all americans the same way, or you start to divide the people and that's exactly what's happening, he has to stop using the race card just for his own convenience. now some whites are feeling hoodwink.

    March 17, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  224. Haley Burton

    Yes, it is brilliant because Hillary is so self-centered that she'll look for any reason to stay in this race, even if she knows Republicans with their own self-serving motives are putting her over the top in some states.  Concede, Hillary. It's what is best for your party.Chattanooga, TN

    March 17, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  225. Phil from Rochester

    I can't wait to hear the Wolfson and Penn spin on this one. It will probably be something like " Hillary is really beginning to shine. She has developed great crossover appeal, and is now winning the battle for independents and Republicans!"

    March 17, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  226. Jason Hazleton, PA

    I and several of my friends have switched (or are in the process of switching) to the Democratic party so that we can manipulate the Democratic primary outcome.

    We will vote for the candidate that we believe will send the Democratic party to a WWIII-type convention. If that candidate is Hillary Clinton, then I will take something for the nausea, and hope that I don't short out the voting machine by vomiting on it. Though, considering Obama's recent pastor issues, it may very well be Obama that I vote for if it looks like Hillary has the momentum.

    We've also been frequenting several Liberal sites and doing a good job of starting infighting by pretending to be either Obama or Hillary supporters. We were able to stop several reconciliation message board threads a few weeks ago and now the infighting is self-generating without our help .Amazingly enough, Democrats are now using the rhetoric we gave them, and it is amusing to watch their party collapse as a result.

    March 17, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  227. Chris from Texas

    I am so happy that CNN finally reported this. Look back at Mississippi and you will see that nearly a quarter of her voters were republican!!!

    March 17, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  228. Dick Cahall

    Extremely smart. May be they have decided she is a better choice than McCain. I also think it is an absolute shame that the American taxpayers
    are paying for No-Pork McCain's trip to Iraq, when its all part of his campaign strategy.
    Dick – Cincinnati

    March 17, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  229. Ana from Ann Arbor, MI

    I'm a Repub and I think that it's a dumb idea. You never know what Hillary will do to win. She's done so much this far, she'll use McCain's melanoma against him if she has to....she's just that destructive.

    March 17, 2008 at 5:01 pm |